Tonight, the dead walk amongst us. The night becomes longer than the day as the veil between the world of the living and the world beyond is lifted.
That’s how Halloween used to work, in any case, before it was taken over by pirates and ninjas.
So mind where you put your paws. Spectral forces are watching your every move and taking notes. Remember, most of the ghostly old cats lurking in your rafters are conservative hard asses. Unless you want an old fashioned ass whooping when you die, play it safe this Halloween. Stay away from naughty witch videos and don’t go out trick or treating dressed like a ho.
Thank you for reading! Sadly, October is ending which means the spooky fun of the season is about to be replaced by the true horror of two months of nonstop Christmas music. Grinsane will do its best to keep this monster at bay with continued weekly horror comedy cartoons. Only 365 more days until the next Halloween!
We no longer have a black cat, but when we did, I always felt a little bad keeping him cooped up on Halloween. After all, shouldn’t this be his night to stalk the streets and communicate with the Other Side?
Actually, he always seemed to escape, and no harm came of him. But growing up the idea of devil worshippers grabbing cats to sacrifice was a real thing. And of Jesus worshippers chasing black cats away, thinking they were evil. And then the Chinese restaurants and college medical centers combing the streets for cats to use in their nefarious recipes and experiments (and then placing the blame on devil and Jesus worshippers).
Most of the above is b.s., of course, or at least overstated (only 1% of Chinese restaurants actually serve cat). Nonetheless, we always keep our kitties cooped on Halloween — poor little devils.
Thanks for reading! The Halloween countdown continues next week with another horror comedy cartoon from Grinsane.
Every city has one nowadays. Every parking lot, it seems. You know exactly what I mean… a cutesy farmers market with arts and crafts and unfortunate children baked into pies. Because that’s what’s really going on with these things. The witches have left the forest and brought their black magic to your local park.
Sound absurd? Consider this: Have you ever seen so many candles on display outside of a church or a seance? What about the weird lotions and soaps these people are always selling? How about those feathery dreamcatchers, strange necklaces, and oddly shaped crystal items? Yes, your local farmer’s market is run by witches. Search your soul, you’ve known the truth all along.
But wait, you say, what about all the men selling cheese and honey at these things? They can’t be witches, too.
Well, of course they can. There is nothing a male witch likes better than to strain a batch of honey or age some cheese and watch the delighted expression on your face when you stab a sample with a toothpick. And how about the guys with the rehabilitated birds? In some cases, not just the handlers, but the birds themselves are witches. Male witches are everywhere! Anyone with a beard longer than 3 inches is suspect.
This comic was great fun to draw (although a bit of a pain to color). I’ve been doing lots of movie parodies lately, so I wanted to get back to basics with a good old fashion witch cartoon. It was actually tough to settle on only three “witch craft” kiosks to showcase, and sadly my frog transformation booth had to be placed on the sacrificial altar. I do have an idea I’m thinking about, however — an open call for additional booths from other cartoonists that I will stitch into a longer, potentially endless line of witch craft booths. I’m still working out the details on this and thinking of making it part of a Grinsane one-year anniversary special. Sharpen your pencil and stay tuned!
Thank you for reading another Grinsane comic. Check back next week for more strange and weird horror comedy comics and cartoons!
Such a peaceful portrait. Well, they say ignorance is bliss…
I’ve got an alternate version of this cartoon with additional cats and additional brooms and all manner of evil taking place, but my editor (my wife) suggested I go with the simple one.
Anyone with cats, especially cats who are allowed to roam outside at night, know they’ve got their own scene that takes place after most of humans go to sleep. And it’s probably best to know as little as possible about what’s happening out there.
Bloody carnage on the door step, missing chunks of ear, and the appearance of kittens looking for daddy lets you know there are some wild streets out there.
So be responsible, witches – keep your brooms fueled up so kitty can get back home safely after a night of carousing.
And ask no questions!
See you Friday for another horror comedy cartoon from Grisane.
“Feline fiend?” Jackson would say. “I can tell by your language who has the attitude here.”
Okay, Jackson, you spend a night with him then. I look forward to hearing your analysis in the morning — via Ouija board. Because that guitar case you carry around? It won’t be full of cat toys anymore, it will be full of you. Chopped up tiny pieces of you.
You see, this cat kills boyfriends, tortures petsitters, and has put more than one veterinarian in the human hospital.
This cat is not only evil, he’s completely Grinsane!
Fortunately for Mr. Galaxy, this cat only exists on paper (I’ve been drawing him in one malevolent form or another for over 20 years now). Maybe some of those classic tales of horror will make their way to this website at some point. For now, here’s a little blast from the past (in watercolor, no less):
And those are the comics for this week, folks. Check back next Tuesday for more horror comedy cartoons!